Former rugby league star Danny Wicks will watch Sunday’s grand final between the Manly Sea Eagles and the New Zealand Warriors from behind bars after today being sentenced to three years’ jail for drug trafficking.
Wicks will be eligible for parole in 18 months and showed little emotion during the sentencing hearing, reported The Daily Telegraph.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Helen Syme noted that “from time to time, good people do bad things’’ and said Wicks was just “a cog – one of many in a drug supply chain’’.
Wicks was arrested and charged in December 2009 with drug offences while playing for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL competition.
He had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying drugs, two of which related to amphetamines and a third to the supply of ecstasy.
His younger brother Brett was jailed for three years and three months and is serving a minimum of 21 months behind bars after being sentenced in April this year.
The brothers began working together in 2009, trafficking drugs between Newcastle and Grafton, court documents stated.
The brothers came to the attention of police when Strike Force Welham was established to investigate the distribution of drugs in Grafton.
Detectives intercepted Brett Wicks’ mobile phone, which quickly led them to Danny Wicks, who was sourcing the drugs for his brother.
Wicks was on a contract worth $240,000 a season with the Knights when he was arrested before subsequently being sacked by the club and banned by the NRL.
Sports manager Steve Gillis told the court that Wicks’ career as a professional player was effectively over.
“He’s unlikely to return to professional sport and I would be very surprised if he ever plays again,” he said.